After mum tweets them, Lowell, MA police visit Kenyan kid with Autism for Autism Awareness Day

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A Kenyan family received a surprise of their lives when a simple tweet elicited a response they never expected.

Cyndy Langat’s son Kyle Mosomba is autistic. Each year on Autism Awareness Day, they do a run or any other available event.

Since Kyle likes police officers, she decided to do something new.

On March 22, Mrs Langat decided to tweet the Lowell police asking them if they could join her in wearing blue on Autism Awareness Day marked on April 2.

She was not really sure they would even respond.

But alas! They did and some more!

On that Sunday night at 7 p.m., several Lowell police officers showed up at her house to activate their blue cruiser lights in an effort to raise awareness.

“It’s crazy,” Langat said through a beaming smile. “It just went crazy.”

One of the major reasons Mrs Langat reached out to the police was also have them become familiar with both her son and autism in general and also how to deal with autistic youths as they do their jobs.

Lowell police visited the family of Kyle Musomba, 14 who has autism, on Middlesex Street Sunday night to help spread the word about Autism Awareness Day. From left are Officer Phil Conroy, father Tony Muchine, Superintendent William Taylor, sister Kelsey Langat, mother Cyndy Langat, Kyle, Officer Paul Thomas and Sgt. Joseph Kelly. SUN / Robert Mills
Lowell police visited the family of Kyle Musomba, 14 who has autism, on Middlesex Street Sunday night to help spread the word about Autism Awareness Day. From left are Officer Phil Conroy, father Tony Muchine, Superintendent William Taylor, sister Kelsey Langat, mother Cyndy Langat, Kyle, Officer Paul Thomas and Sgt. Joseph Kelly. SUN / Robert Mills

Kyle is prone to opening the door and going into the neighborhood.

Luckily for the family, Kyle can recite his parents’ names and phone numbers and that might come in handy in case he is lost.

“It’s really great for law enforcement to be involved because autism doesn’t have physical features for people to look for,” Langat said. “It’s good to keep them aware.”

The police activated the blue lights which flashed on three police cruisers in front of their home.

The family including Kyle’s dad and sister smiles and hugs with police.

A curious Kyle checked out the inside of a police cruiser as shared hugs with the officers

Mrs Langat said Kyle was beyond elated at the police department’s response.

 

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